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Publisher's Summary

In his first collection of short stories John Grisham takes us back to Ford County, Mississippi, the setting of his first novel, A Time to Kill.

Wheelchair-bound Inez Graney and her two older sons, Leon and Butch, take a bizarre road trip through the Mississippi Delta to visit the youngest Graney brother, Raymond, who's been locked away on death row for eleven years. It could well be their last visit.

Mack Stafford, a hard-drinking and low-grossing run-of-the-mill divorce lawyer gets a miracle phone call with a completely unexpected offer to settle some old, forgotten cases for more money than he has ever seen. Mack is suddenly bored with the law, fed up with his wife and his life, and makes drastic plans to finally escape.

Quiet, dull Sidney, a data collector for an insurance company, perfects his blackjack skills in hopes of bringing down the casino empire of Clanton's most ambitious hustler, Bobby Carl Leach, who, among other crimes, has stolen Sidney's wife.

Three good ol' boys from rural Ford County begin a journey to the big city of Memphis to give blood to a grievously injured friend. However, they are unable to drive past a beer store as the trip takes longer and longer.

The Quiet Haven Retirement Home is the final stop for the elderly of Clanton. It's a sad, languid place with little controversy, until Gilbert arrives. Posing as a lowly paid bedpan boy, he is in reality a brilliant stalker with an uncanny ability to sniff out the assets of those "seniors" he professes to love.

Clanton is rocked with the rumor that the gay son of a prominent family has finally come home, to die. Of AIDS. Fear permeates the town as gossip runs unabated.

Featuring a cast of characters you'll never forget, these stories bring Ford County to vivid and colorful life. Often hilarious, frequently moving, this collection makes it abundantly clear why John Grisham is our most popular storyteller.

©2009 John Grisham; (P)2009 Random House

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Song of the South

John Grisham gives voice to a collection of stories. The tone of the pieces and the timbre of his words reflect a rural Mississippi that's redneck and refined all at once. Like listening to Rick Bragg narrate, there is an authenticity to John Grisham reading. His unique vocal patterns add a layer to his tales that convey his area of the country like humidity infuses deep southern heat.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Avoid!

Pointless stories, ending abruptly. It's like being left out on the side of the interstate and being told to find my way home. The stories are also fatally weakened by the author's horribly inept reading. There's no feeling or emotion, very juvenile mid sentence pauses; he should leave the reading to those who know what they're doing. I agree with another reviewer, Grisham's been mailing it in for some time now and this hits a new low. Avoid this one!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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great story...not so great delivery

This is one book I wished I would have read instead of listened to. John Grisham's talents as a writer do not cross over into reading aloud/storytelling. Great story...I won't quit listening. I'll just have to really focus.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Roy
  • Augusta, GA, United States
  • 12-02-09

Nothing really to add....

Sounds like Grisham is doing a reading at a bookstore. Wish I had my credit back.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Terrible

I have to agree with most of the other reviews. I love John Grisham's lawyer books and have read every one. I looked forward to this book, but after listening to two stories, I wanted to give up. John should stick to writing - that's what he is good at and leave the reading to professionals - what they are good at. The cadence of John's narration is terrible and very distracting to the stories. I will be more careful when purchasing his books again on Audible. Please, John, do what you do best - write more stories about lawyers. Know you must be bored of it, as you have done so many great ones already, but that's what we love.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Depressed

"Ford County:Stories" was truly disappointing, especially to be written by John Grisham. I assumed the stories would have a "connection" at least. They were depressing and I only continued to listen hoping they would get better...not worse. To add insult to injury, John's narrating was terrible too. His voice lacked smoothness and flow with the words and I found his voice to be irritating as he enunciated too many of the words where it was not necessary. This is the first Grisham novel I would recommend not purchasing.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Penny
  • San Clemente, CA, USA
  • 11-17-09

Terrible

Like everyone else, I couldn't wait until this book came out. I'm a huge Grisham fan. BUT this was terrible. He should stick to writing and leave the reading to someone else. I couldn't even finish the book because the reading was so poor. Very boring....

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Terie
  • Katy, TX, United States
  • 11-15-09

waste of time and a credit

I have read every book by John Grisham and was thrilled to hear he had another book. What a HUGE disappointment! His narration of the book was the worst I have ever heard and the stories were about as interesting as an afternoon of cleaning toliets. I gave this book 1 star ONLY because this was his first disaster. He must have had some urgent bills to pay to release this mess.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Terri
  • Corona, CA, USA
  • 11-12-09

Sadly disappointed

I have read and or listened to every Grisham novel written to date and this particular one was a major disappointment. Wasted Audible credit!
The narration by Grisham was extremely difficult to listen through...I have stopped after the second story as it is just so poorly read...stresses the wrong words and the wrong time for easy listening. Stories are mundane.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Steven
  • Bloomington, MN, United States
  • 04-26-13

A solid effort, it shows a different side of JG.

What made the experience of listening to Ford County the most enjoyable?

What I liked most was even though there was a legal element to most of the stories, it was more of a collection of small town snapshots. He's had much stronger work, but this emotionally driven tales that all could happen in one area. I like Harry Rex made an appearance. The novel is what Grisham is best at, but I believe it was nice to see this genre of his work also.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I liked the brothers arguing in the car, I liked the young man who was blew away by the trashy strippers, and I liked the nursing home con.

What about John Grisham’s performance did you like?

The variety of the stories and the raw emotions that each one brought out.

If you could rename Ford County, what would you call it?

I think the title fits perfectly.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful